Supping with the LordBro. David Chancellor
6/6/1999 11:00 AM
As He spoke to these people he was concerned about the conditions as they were. This condition is prevalent today also. These were lukewarm and not what they thought they were. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock..." God is on the outside in this picture; left out and knocking to get in. "... if any man hear my voice and open the door..." Christ is on the outside knocking on the door of the heart of man asking to come in. He wants to be included and be a part of, so he stands knocking. "... I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." We live in the day of spiritual "fast-food." It's beneficial for families to sit down and eat together. Christ would dine with us - just sit and talk. It's not "grab food and run." Sit down and spend some time with God. The world needs people to give up their "spiritual fast-food" and just sit and spend time with God. Have a cup of tea with Jesus and visit with him about some things. Invite him in.
1 John 1:3, 4
John was telling them that they could have fellowship with Jesus and enjoy his fellowship too. John's description of himself was "the disciple Jesus loved." We can have that too.
Christ had stopped to rest at the well; he was tired, hungry and in need of a boost of energy. When the disciples returned Christ had already found that needed energy. Christ has meat to eat that we have not yet seen or tasted of. He would have us sit in his presence and learn things that we have not known. He wants to have a personal visit with us. The disciples concern at the time was nutrition. God wants to be our refreshment, encouragement, strength, help and blessing.
Observe the effect that took place when Christ came to sup with Zaccheus. He just wanted a glimpse of Christ, and that is where most people stop. Christ wants to sup with all men. It worked an effect in Zaccheus. When you sup with Jesus it will have an effect on your life. It will be a meaningful discussion. He wants us to understand what we see around us in life. He would really share; he wants to really share and help. Zaccheus entered into the visit, and he changed because of the visit. When Christ comes to sup there will be a change.
When you're unlearned and ignorant it doesn't make you very bold. It tends to make you timid and shy. But Peter and John were bold in spite of being unlearned because they had been with Jesus. They had a reason to be bold: Jesus had taught them and showed them things these rulers didn't understand. They hadn't just "read the book", but they'd "eaten dinner with the author." You can have the presence of Jesus with you and be bold as well.
These did not know who they were speaking with as they traveled, but when they sat at meat with him, they realized who it was. They asked each other, "didn't that get you going when he talked to us? when he explained the scripture to us?" Jesus would stir us up. There's too much spiritual fast food. You need communion with God. Study the word and spend time in prayer. God can stir and bless you. The scriptures will be opened to our understanding as we commune with him. He said he'd give us to eat of the "hidden manna" if we will sup with him.
He'd grant that Christ would dwell in your heart by faith. It is his will that you would be able to comprehend.... We don't want to get in the fast-food approach to the gospel.